Don’t get your hopes up, this is just a patent for now

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This isn’t the first time we’ve been intrigued by a patent filed by a given carmaker. Remember when Toyota submitted a patent for a streamlined vehicle that had a propeller mounted to its rear? Well, Porsche’s latest idea is way cooler and more down-to-Earth, as it involves gullwing doors.

Porsche Could Be Working on a New Gas-Powered Sports Car With Gullwing Doors and Split Rear Glass Exterior
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The patent in question, unveiled by Taycan EV Forum, was filed by Porsche AG with EUIPO, aka the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

The application was submitted on February 2, 2021, and registered and published on February 10, 2021. The RCD file info page also mentions February 2, 2026, as the design expiry date. So, until then, Porsche has time to make up its mind and decide whether it builds this new gullwinged sports car.

Porsche Could Be Working on a New Gas-Powered Sports Car With Gullwing Doors and Split Rear Glass Exterior
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Speaking of which, from the renders Porsche provided, the car looks like a stretched Cayman of sorts, both wider and longer than the current model. Have a look at the one showing the car as seen from above and the gullwing roof architecture becomes obvious. What’s more, the elongated rear deck includes a split rear windscreen and a slightly stretched derriere that hides what seems to be an active rear wing.

Of course, we can talk all day long speculating about what this is and what is Porsche looking to do with the patent. To this date, Porsche implemented the gullwing design on just one vehicle, which went on to become one of the maker’s most successful race cars: the 906 Carrera 6.

Porsche Could Be Working on a New Gas-Powered Sports Car With Gullwing Doors and Split Rear Glass Exterior
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You see, as Ferrari’s 208 Dino was stealing Porsche 904 GTS’ thunder on the racetrack in the early-mid-1960s, Porsche came up with a plan to improve its situation. That’s how the Type 906 was born. It was based on a tubular steel spaceframe bolted to an independent suspension setup with wishbones and coil springs on all four corners. The body was made of fiberglass and had gullwing doors, a feature pretty much imposed by the car’s spaceframe chassis – in the same way as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Of course, we also know Porsche’s current philosophy is tied strongly to its rich motorsport history and we’re not hashing out the idea of some sort of homage model being prepared by the fine folks in Stuttgart. However, we’re not going to dwell on further speculation because as we’ve seen in the past, more often than not such patents don’t find fruition.

Source: EUIPO

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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